09/29/2011 04:13 pm ET Updated Nov 29, 2011

Rooftop Garden: Sweet Potatoes

It is said that "information is power". Nutritionists are people who are generally well educated in food consumption but they, at times, have a tendency to get a bit too technical when talking about food and especially vitamins. Most times after talking to one of them I walk away quite confused. Let's try to keep it simple and focus on one thing at a time in order to make sure that the info provided here offers a real nutritional value.

Let us begin with a friendly, good looking, good tasting colorful vegetable:

Sweet potatoes. Healthy food. Good for parents and children alike. Easy to cook, inexpensive, taste delicious and offers all the nutritional value you and your children can and will benefit from...

In 1992, the Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates , protein, Vitamin A and C , iron , and Calcium , the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value . According to these criteria , sweet potatoes earned 184 points , 100 points over the next on the list the common potato.

1. Sweet Potatoes

A nutritional All-Star -- one of the best vegetables you can eat. They're loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Bake and then mix in some unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness.